THE organisers of a major caravan show in Victoria have admitted the
event has finally gone to the dogs.
But the people behind the Melbourne Leisurefest, where more than 200
exhibitors showcased a whole range of products from the world of RVs,
couldn't be happier.
For the first time ever, Caravan Industry Association Victoria
allowed delighted visitors to take their pet dogs into the popular
exhibition, which attracted a record crowd of 32,306.
"With 70 percent of caravanners and campers travelling with their pets
these days and consumer feedback, we allowed dogs to attend the show this
year," association chief executive Rob Lucas said.
"Feedback has indicated that this was an overwhelming success and enticed
some outdoor adventurers to attend Melbourne Leisurefest who would not
Exhibitors showcased a whole range of products from the
world of RVs.
"The stable of exhibitors continues to improve and become more diverse
every show," Mr Lucas said.
"This year in particular we noticed and appreciated the extra effort they
went to in order to give our visitors the best possible day out."
Over four days, visitors were entertained and inspired to "Go Make Some
Memories" as they saw the best that the industry has to offer.
Celebrity speakers Dr Katrina Warren and Merv Hughes were crowd favourites,
with large numbers enjoying their engaging presentations.
Many enjoyed a hug with nine-week old border collie puppy Switch who was
part of Dr Katrina Warren's presentation on travelling with pets.
There were plenty of free activities which were embraced by the crowds such
as the 4x4 Track where thrill seekers had the opportunity to be driven by
a professional driver over the four-wheel drive circuit.
For those wanting a slower pace, the Vintage Van displays were a favourite
again with many taking a trip down memory lane to eras long forgotten.
The Go Make Some Memories Passport to Freedom competition was as popular
as ever, with J. Black of Dingley taking home the major prize ... a Jayco
Freedom camper trailer valued at $13,990.
Mr Lucas congratulated all prize winners, especially Ms Black.
"We hope it brings you years of happy memories with your family," he said.
Passport prize winners were:
1. J. Black: Dingley VIC
2. H. Little of Narre Warren VIC.
3. S. Kaiser of Blackburn South VIC.
4. S. Kurtis of Shepparton VIC.
5. E. Snowden of Langwarrin VIC.